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Lefty spotted (again) using an RBZ fairway wood

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Callaway’s new line of X Hot fairway woods have been on Tour for almost a month, so it comes as a shock to see that lead Callaway man Phil Mickelson is still using a heavily doctored version of a TaylorMade RBZ fairway wood that he debuted last fall.

It gets even stranger when you consider this — new Callaway signing Gary Woodland switched to a 17-degree version of the company’s X Hot Pro fairway wood and decided to have a steel shaft installed in it because he was hitting the club too far.

Mickelson went the total opposite route with his TaylorMade fairway wood. He lowered the loft of the 14.5-degree head to 11.5 degrees and had a lighter-than-normal graphite shaft installed. He then added a substantial amount of lead tape on its sole to help him hit the club higher.

It seems that there’s something Mickelson likes about the TaylorMade fairway wood that’s keeping it in the bag. Another possibility, which is supported by Butch Harmon’s presence around Lefty during Wednesday’s practice round, is that Mickelson needs a driver alternative to keep his tee shots out of the desert this week at TPC Scottsdale. Mickelson drove the ball long and straight with the club at the HSBC Champions at Mission Hills in Shenzhen, China, in early November, so you can’t blame him for reverting back to what has worked before.

Check out the gallery below to see pictures of Woodland and Mickelson with their fairway woods.

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  1. Lowell

    Jul 14, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Looks like an sldr fairway wood to me.

  2. Sheffield

    Feb 18, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    So this is a 2013 article we all just responded to?

  3. nidi84

    Feb 8, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    Is repainted Black RBZ 3 wood conform to use on tour?

  4. Jeff

    Feb 7, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    is it possible its taped to keep us from reading taylormade since he isnt paid by tm?

    • RS

      Jul 4, 2015 at 6:31 am

      No. If that was the case the tape wouldn’t be made out of lead.

  5. Danny Lin

    Feb 12, 2013 at 12:26 am

    That is a Fujikura Tour Spec VC 7.2!

  6. Matt

    Feb 10, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Does anyone kno for sure what shaft he is playing in his RBZ 3 wood?

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GolfWRX Spotlight: Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2

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When you buy a Scotty Cameron putter, you know what you are in for: quality craftsmanship, stunning attention to detail, and of course—one heck of a flat stick. Cameron has been refining his designs for more than 25 years at Titleist, and the Special Select line has become a showcase for timeless shapes known the world over, including the Newport 2.

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Classic shapes never go out of style, and as far as the Newport 2 in the Special Select line goes, it brings me right back to my Art of Putting Oil Can Newport 2, the one putter I wish I had never sold from my collection.

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It has a noticeably thinner top line than any recent Cameron releases, which may or may not appeal to all golfers, along with sharper lines along the bumpers.

Design as a holistic utility, ebbs and flows throughout history. What was popular for a very specific reason at one point may not appeal to the same people as tastes and preferences change. The Special Select line brings back a lot of classic influences, which as a whole, will appeal to a very large number fo golfers familiar with Camerons of the past.

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The benefit of the modern Special Select versus the classic designs are the customization options available. The Special Select head weight changes based on the length of the putter to keep feel the same, and if you want to go a step further, you can choose to have your putter built to either the “light” or “heavy” spec directly from the Titleist custom shop. With the trend of putter heads getting heavier, I can see this becoming a very popular option.

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Scotty Cameron has always had a keen eye for putters and this line is no different,

“With Special Select, I wanted to get back to the pure-milled shapes and faces that I’ve been crafting for tour players for over two decades now. We’ve brought those designs into the modern era with new setups, necks, faces, grips and weights. Every aspect of every putter has been redone. When it all came together, it was pretty special.” – Scotty Cameron

Special Select Line Update:

All of the changes made to the new Special Select line versus previous releases are tour inspired and include

  • Soft Tri-sole Design: to promotes the putter sitting square to the target line at address when the putter is soled.
  • New Tungsten Balanced Weighting: These new heavier weights not only assure each putter is properly balanced based on putter length, but also offer higher MOI thanks to the greater concentration of mass on the heel and toe.
  • Refined Hosel Configurations: Each model’s hosel has been tweaked for optimized performance. For example, the Newport 2 putter features a slightly shorter plumbers neck for more toe flow, along with a new socket radius (where the hosel neck meets the top line) to offer better visibility of the ball and leading-edge at address.

Scotty Cameron Special Select Details

There are eight models to choose from in the 2020 Special Select line; three blades, and five mid-mallet options with a look and toe flow for any player’s stroke.

  • Newport, Newport 2 ( featured here), Newport 2.5, Del Mar, Fastback 1.5, Squareback 2, Flowback 5, and Flowback 5.5.

Special Select putters retail for $399.

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TaylorMade introduces yellow TP5 and TP5X golf balls

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TaylorMade TP5, TP5X Yellow

TaylorMade Golf has introduced their new yellow versions of the TP5 and TP5X golf balls which are available online and at retail today.

Designed for high visibility, the yellow balls feature all the same technology as the original TP5 and TP5X golf balls which includes a 5-layer construction as well as a low compression core designed to increase launch angle and reduce drag.

TaylorMade TP5, TP5X Yellow

As a reminder, the TP5 and TP5X also contain the brand’s HFM (High-Flex-Material). Described by the company as its “fastest material” ever, HFM is a tightly wound spring, which is designed to create more rebound energy when compressed for added ball speed.

TaylorMade TP5, TP5X Yellow

The balls also include TaylorMade’s Speed-Layer System, which is comprised of four increasingly stiff layers, creating a Speed-Layer System that enables a soft core to be wrapped by increasingly rigid materials. This system allows each outer layer to become progressively faster with the aim of controlling spin rates without affecting speed or distance.

TaylorMade TP5, TP5X Yellow

The yellow versions of the TP5 and TP5X golf balls are available to purchase on taylormadegolf.com and through their global retail partners at retail or online.

TaylorMade TP5, TP5X Yellow

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The irons GolfWRXers with a 5-10 handicap are playing

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In our forums, WRXer ‘bvan’ created a thread dedicated to the irons fellow members who possess a handicap in the 5 to 10 range are using. ‘Bvan’ kicks off the discussion saying “I’m a solid 9 and I’m using 712 AP2s”, and our members have been discussing their clubs and why they work for them in the thread.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • jah7838: “I play Ben Hogan PTx Pros in 5-PW with DGTI s400. The V sole works really well for my swing. They are very forgiving and easy to flight when I need to. I also have the 4 iron that I like, but I’m trying to find the right shaft to help me elevate it properly. I have a Tour Concept shaft coming in from eBay I’m going to try out this weekend if it arrives in time for me to reshaft it. I’ve had my 23* Adams Super 9031 with a s300 shaft as my 4 iron for the past 6 years or so…I honestly don’t remember how long I’ve had it, but it’s been in my bag the longest out of all my clubs.”
  • Neurotica: “PING G410s for me. 9.4 index and trending down.”
  • tigercolt77: “I’m a 5.4 and I am now playing the Taylormade p790 after years of playing Combo sets of blades and CB’s or just CB’s. I have Project X LZ 6.0 shafts in the irons. I have the lofts weakened a bit, and they honestly make the game easier for me. I figured why make it harder by playing an iron that doesn’t help on my miss-hits?”
  • CousinDonuts: “I’ve had a 7 at the start of my number for a bit. Been hitting Taylormade M1s since the summer of 2017. 4-PW plus 54* SW. Also have 50* and 58* Vokey wedges. I don’t overly try to work the ball, so these M1s suffice. They create a pretty high flight, even with the mid-kick shafts I have. If I remember correctly, my final 3 included the Calloway Apex and Mizuno JPX900.”
  • uglande: “Mizuno MP-20 and have never been happier. (Talk to me in September).”
  • scooterhd2: “Currently a 7-8 and trending down. Playing Cobra S3 irons from 2011. My first and only set of irons, but I am about to make a change.”
  • Bambabowtie: “JPX 825 Pro for now. Looking to upgrade to something new once this is all over.”

Entire Thread: “5-10 index…What irons are you playing?”

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